In a sea of self-help books and self-promoting how-to’s, The Penelope Project: An Arts-Based Odyssey to Change Elder Care is a comprehensive guide, showing us how to work within systems and change them for the better from the inside.
The Alzheimer’s Family Support Center of Cape Cod is a non-profit organization designed to be age- and dementia-friendly, which means that the programs are organized in a way that enables individuals of all ages and disease states to participate in the program.
Bill Thomas and Nate Silas Richardson take on the age old question of mortality as well as a deep dive into caregiver stress when your spouse or partner lives with dementia. They also share a behind-the-scenes look at the latest swing of the Age of Disruption Tour, including how the show dealt with a catastrophic power outage during a live performance in Richmond.
With the help of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, Massachusetts has become a bit of a standout star within the age-friendly community movement.
Senior Services Winston-Salem is one of the nation’s largest broad-based non-profits serving elders to undergo a company-wide transformation in its culture through Eden at Home, with the goal of enhancing the quality of life of the older people they serve.
As children we welcomed the aging process excitedly, wondering when we would grow and what we would look like. We quickly lose this wonder as we become seduced by an anti-aging culture into disavowing, denying and resisting aging. We’re pressured to see aging as a villain to be stopped, to be restrained.
The founding purpose of Lifesongs, a multi-generational music and storytelling program in Santa Fe, N.M., is working with people who are nearly removed from society and give them a voice and a stage to share it.
The tension between generations is indeed worth studying, but mostly as a red herring and a symptom of how aging has been reframed as a problem.
Michael Rossato-Bennett, director of the award-winning documentary, Alive Inside, is teaming up with Dr. Bill Thomas’ Age of Disruption Tour to create a first-of-its kind workshop to Disrupt Dementia.
The time is ripe for doctors to rethink how they prescribe medications. Less is more.
Rob Mayer was rare in that he brought the approach of a social venture capitalist to his role as executive director of the The Hulda B. & Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation.
Connected Horse Project is a groundbreaking pilot study exploring how guided engagement with horses might help people living with dementia as well as those providing care for them.
I’m speaking on a panel about intergenerational engagement at a local conference in Seattle. I’d love to get feedback from or audience on amazing intergenerational programs from around the world.
As we prep for the second half of the Age of Disruption Tour this October and November we’re working on a three-pronged community outreach strategy to engage with local “changing aging” allies.
Based on the organic structure of a tree, this activity is a fun and revealing way to explore the influences and inspirations in one’s life and how they are transformed into meaningful passions and productive actions.
How we perceive aging and the viability of older adults determines our willingness –– or reluctance –– to tackle social inequity, lack of access to services and opportunities, and other common challenges our elders face.
Last week I came across the most irresponsible, ill-informed, and inflammatory bit of writing I have ever seen on the topic of dementia.
A couple of weeks ago I published an article titled “Bill Thomas Says I Am an Abolitionist”.
Dr. Bill has been busy making waves lately with his abolitionist point of view on nursing homes.
Monday’s New York Times article “Complexities of Choosing an End Game for Dementia” provides a good opportunity to reflect on the complex ethical questions surrounding dementia.